Supreme Court

Chief Justice

Amanda Funderburg
University of Arkansas
amanda@campusymca.org

Cases

Each fall, the Supreme Court Justices will author 2 moot cases on legal issues relating to legislation before Congress or legislation signed into law at the previous session of the Campus YMCA Congress. The Justices will also select 1 case from the petitions for certiorari (cert pool) submitted to the US Supreme Court for oral arguments during the session:

Moot Case Supreme Court Case
Amazon v. Leering Carpenter v. United States

Attorney Teams

Attorneys compete in teams of 2. Each team will divide their casework as follows:

Moot Case

  • Teams should prepare both a respondent and petition argument
  • Will present both sides, rotating each round, to represent as a team during Oral Arguments
  • If competing as a team of 2, teams should divide the work, as both attorneys are expected to argue

Supreme Court Case

  • Teams should prepare both a respondent and petition argument
  • Will present both sides, rotating each round, to represent as a team during Oral Arguments
  • If competing as a team of 2, teams should divide the work, as both attorneys are expected to argue

 

Oral Arguments

Oral Arguments will last up to 40 minutes –  attorneys for both the petitioner and the respondent are each given 20 minutes to present their arguments.

The petitioner may reserve up to 5 minutes for a rebuttal after the respondent has concluded. Justices have the ability to interrupt and ask questions of the attorneys at any time during their arguments. The docket (order of the competition) will be published each evening for the proceeding days competition.

A rough draft of all of your arguments (petitioner and respondent for both cases) should be emailed to the Chief Justice no later than January 19th. If you will have difficulty in meeting this deadline PLEASE REACH OUT TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE.

You may contact Chief Justice Corey Shirey by email at corey@campusymca.org.

 

Non-Voting Delegates Status

In addition to their role before the Court, all attorneys have the right to serve as Non-Voting Delegates in the House of Representatives. This allows attorneys to speak during debate on the floor when they are not scheduled to appear before the Court (Ex: attorneys who are not selected for the Showcase round (final round) of oral arguments have the option of debating in the House or listening to the final hearings).

 

Justices

The Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Justices can hold their seats until they graduate or choose to leave the bench. If you are interested in serving as an Associate Justice, fill out the Supporting Officer Application.

2018 Chief Justice 2018 Associate Justices
Corey Shirey
Northwestern Okla. St. Univ.
corey@campusymca.org
Amanda Funderberg
University of Arkansas
Andrew Podzimek
University of Nebraska
Tristan Deering
University of Louisville
Thomas Honken
University of Cincinnati
Kara Thomas
University of Louisville
Keval Rama
Cornell University

Opinions of the Court

Following final oral arguments, the Justices will conference to determine the preliminary vote on the case. The most senior Justice (either the Chief Justice or an Associate determined by year in college and age) in the majority will drafting of the court’s opinion. Justices may also author concurring and dissenting opinions that will be released alongside the majority opinion.

Opinions will be read on the final morning of the session prior to the Award Ceremony. For each case, the Justice who drafted the majority opinion will have 5 minutes to present, and the dissenting opinion will have 3 minutes to present. Full written opinions will be published online after session adjourns.

 

Rules and Procedures

Here you will find a more detailed guide covering the Rules and Procedures of the Court.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Chief Justice Corey Shirey by email at corey@campusymca.org.